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British Council

We understand that getting your results is important to you. We know you want them quickly, but it is equally important that we give you the score that correctly reflects your performance. 

You can expect your IELTS result to be available 13 calendar days after your test.

IELTS results online, via SMS and post

You’ll be able to preview your results online, 13 days after the main test day. Your IELTS results (also known as your Test Report Form) can be collected from our office 13 days after the date of the main test day. If you’d like to receive your results by SMS, please register for this service on the test day. You will not be able to obtain your results over the phone, by email or by fax. 


No test day refund/transfer will be allowed if you have completed at least one component of the test. Furthermore, you will not receive a Test Report Form for partially completed tests.

Test Report Forms (TRF)

Your personal Test Report Form

You will receive one copy of the Test Report Form. If you need a replacement/additional Test Report Form, please contact us.

Test Report Forms for institutions

If you would like us to send the additional Test Report Form (TRF) to Recognising Organisations (Colleges, Universities and Immigration Authorities), please visit British Council after receiving your result to complete the additional TRF application form (download link at the bottom page). TRFs cannot be sent to agents.

You will still need to fill in the additional TRF form and submit it at British Council, even if you have requested it online at the time of registration, as there might be fees to be paid (example courier) as not all recognising Organisations accepts electronic TRF.

Up to a maximum of five copies are free if requested within six weeks of the test date. An additional fee of QR 65/- is applicable per copy after six weeks.

The delivery within Qatar is free. For delivery outside Qatar, we will despatch it through our courier partner (DHL) at a fee, per address, of 85 QAR. The processing time can take up to 5 working days.

Candidates are advised to check the TRF delivery status with their respective receiving organisations, and inform the British Council immediately should there be any issues.

Institutions may be able to view candidates’ scores through the IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) Verification Service. To do this they will need your Test Report Form number which can be found at the bottom right corner of your Test Report Form.

The validity period of your Test Report Form

Institutions will not usually accept a Test Report Form that is more than two years old. After this time you will need to provide them with evidence that you have maintained or improved your English since taking the test.

Understand your IELTS scores

IELTS provides results for all levels of English: there is no such thing as a pass or fail. You will be given a score from zero to nine for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. 

Find out more about how to understand your IELTS scores and the nine-band system.

Find out how IELTS scores relate to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

How to Query your score

If you have a query regarding your score you can apply to our Enquiry on Results Service to have your test re-marked. This must be done within six weeks of the test date. You can choose which sections of the test you want to have re-marked. 

The fee for the Enquiry on Results service is QAR 450, which will be refunded should your overall score change as a result of the re-marking. The Enquiry on Results Service can take up to two to four weeks to complete. Please contact us for further information about how the service works.

Can I retake the test?

You can take the test as many times as you wish. However, to significantly improve your score you will need to undertake further study. Research by IELTS indicates that scores are unlikely to improve without further English language tuition. Road to IELTS provides you with the best possible preparation for your IELTS test.


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